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Sound heard in Argentine sub search was likely ‘explosion’

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 11:35
BY ALMUDENA CALATRAVA and LUIS ANDRES HENAO The Associated Press

MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina

An apparent explosion occurred near the time and place an Argentine submarine went missing, the country’s navy reported Thursday, prompting relatives of the vessel’s 44 crew members to burst into tears and some to say they had lost hope of a rescue.

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Oscar Pistorius’ sentence increased

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 11:35

SOMERSET WEST, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius’ prison sentence was more than doubled to 13 years and five months on Friday, a surprisingly dramatic intervention by South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal in the Olympic athlete’s fate after the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

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Fri, 11/24/2017 - 11:35
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Today in History

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 11:35

Today is Friday, Nov. 24, the 328th day of 2017. There are 37 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History

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Militants assault worshippers in Egypt’s Sinai, killing at least 85

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 11:35
BY ASHRAF SWEILAM and BRIAN ROHAN The Associated Press

EL-ARISH, Egypt

Militants bombed a Sufi mosque and fired on worshippers in the volatile Sinai Peninsula during Friday prayers, Egyptian officials said, killing at least 85 people in what appeared to be the latest attack by the area’s Islamic State affiliate.

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Geriatric Whitewater on Austin Stream

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 11:35
BY RON CHASE

Maine has some great whitewater. Besides the well-known dam release rafting rivers like the Kennebec, Dead and Penobscot, there are dozens of excellent free flowing whitewater streams and rivers. Under normal circumstances, the best time to paddle whitewater is in the spring when April showers and snowmelt combine to provide optimum conditions.

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A Different Kind of Holiday Memory

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 11:35
BY JANINE TALBOT

Shortly before the actual holiday, I was given the opportunity to share something about a Thanksgiving that was memorable to me. It happened in front of my fellow Toastmasters members at our recent meeting, during a session called Table Topics, where you are asked to speak spontaneously in response to a question.

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Mainers Deserve a Liferaft

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 11:35
BY BILL CLARK

Maine AllCare is a non-partisan, not-for-profit group that advocates for healthcare for everyone in Maine. Why is this work so important? Because good health is important to the Common Good as we pursue liberty, justice and well being, both as individuals and as a state.

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Debt-Boosting Tax Bill Would Affect Maine

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 11:35
BY GORDON L. WEIL

Tax reduction is the hotly discussed issue of the day, but almost no attention is paid to its most important effect.

If any tax bill were passed, it would add about $1.5 trillion to the federal deficit. Trillion.

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LETTER

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 11:35

As Congress considers tax reform, we must understand how the current proposals threaten the future of charitable giving and that there is another path.

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Political Cartoon

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 11:35
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Thankful

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 11:35

Thanksgiving marks a good time to give thanks, especially if one has just passed the three-quarter century mark like I have. So here goes.

I'm thankful that my mind and body still work. Mostly. In fact, I'm happy just to be around. Every day from here on is a bonus.

For two fine sons, two fine stepsons, and eight energetic grandchildren — with another due in January.

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Zimbabwe’s new president vows job creation

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 11:34
CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA and FARAI MUTSAKA The Associated Press

HARARE, Zimbabwe

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Stores aim to draw Black Friday crowds

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 11:34
ANNE D’INNOCENZIO AP Retail Writer

NEW YORK

Shoppers were out before dawn in the U.S. for fun and for deals, as retailers that have had a tough year were hoping to bring customers to their stores and websites for Black Friday, one of the biggest shopping days of the year.

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AP source: Flynn breaks with Trump team on Mueller probe

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 11:34
BY ERIC TUCKER The Associated Press

WASHINGTON

In a move that could signal cooperation with the government, lawyers for former national security adviser Michael Flynn have told President Donald Trump’s legal team that they are no longer communicating with them about special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference.

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Future of ferry between Maine, Nova Scotia jeopardized again

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 11:34

PORTLAND (AP) — Ferry service between Maine and Nova Scotia could end next year if the city doesn’t spend millions on an upgrade of a terminal.

The Portland Press Herald reports U.S. Customs and Border Protection says its agents work in inadequate facilities at the terminal and that upgrades are long overdue.

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Girlfriend accused of DUI after reporting boyfriend’s crash

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 11:34

RAYMOND (AP) — Police in Maine say a driver was hospitalized after crashing into a tree and his girlfriend traveling in a separate car who called 911 was arrested on a drunken driving charge.

Police said 47-year-old Tom Hardy, of Poland, Maine, suffered serious, but non-life-threatening injuries in the crash reported at 7:10 a.m. Thursday.

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Native Americans marking Thanksgiving with day of mourning

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 11:34

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Members of Native American tribes from around New England are gathering in the town where the Pilgrims settled for a solemn National Day of Mourning observance.

Thursday’s noon gathering in downtown Plymouth, Massachusetts, will recall the disease, racism and oppression that European settlers brought.

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State attorneys general bash plan to hike national park fees

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 11:34
BY GEOFF MULVIHILL The Associated Press

A group of state attorneys general on Wednesday urged the National Park Service to scrap its proposal to more than double the entrance fee at 17 popular national parks.

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Board delays vote on LePage’s workforce training proposal

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 11:34

AUGUSTA (AP) — The Maine Department of Labor has rescheduled a vote on a proposal by Republican Gov. Paul LePage that would force workforce development agencies to spend a larger portion of their money directly on worker training.

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